This research theme is broken up into two groups:
A significant activity on electrical and optical materials characterisation underpins the device-related work. Design and modelling are constructed using silvaco, cadence and coventor tools. Some highlights of the capabilities include spectro-ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy and nanofabrication, laser ablation micro/nano-fabrication and a pilot line for the production of polymer thin-film transistors.
Engineering researchers spearheaded the formation of Sensor City which is a focal point for sensor innovation and development in the UK. Spin-out companies from electrical engineering are housed in Sensor City including Hexsor Scientific and Q-Technologies Ltd.
The oxide work is also applied to the THz regime to produce very high-frequency rectifiers and rectenna (rectifying antenna), devices in collaboration with the High-frequency engineering group for energy harvesting applications. The work involves collaboration with the Stephenson Institute for renewable energy, physics, biological sciences and medicine.
The focus on the design of new types of networks to support multiple human sensory channels has opened up new research collaborations between networks and communications and the mass spectrometry group, which has led to world firsts in olfactory transmission and molecular communications, while introducing haptics and olfaction into distributed immersive environments has resulted in the establishment of a national platform for investigating such environments, led by the University of Liverpool with UCL, University of Bristol and BBC as partners.